Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o finally decided to speak in an exclusive interview with Katie Couric. He comes clean about briefly lying about his online girlfriend after discovering she didn’t exist.
Te’o said in an interview to air Thursday on Couric’s show that he didn’t lie about the hoax until December, believing Lennay Kekua had died of cancer.
The Heisman Trophy runner-up received a phone call in December from a woman saying she was Kekua, whom he believed had died in September.
Te’o said, “Now I get a phone call on Dec. 6, saying that she’s alive and then I’m going be put on national TV two days later. And to ask me about the same question. You know, what would you do?”
Te’o said he took no part in creating the hoax.
“You stuck to the script. And you knew that something was amiss, Manti,” Couric said.
Te’o said: “Katie, put yourself in my situation. I, my whole world told me that she died on Sept. 12. Everybody knew that. This girl, who I committed myself to, died on Sept. 12.” Source
Check out the snippet of the interview below, which is scheduled to air in its entirety on Thursday: